Exceptions to Visa Requirements

There are a number of countries and areas that through treaties and other governmental agreements do not need to obtain a visa in order to temporarily visit Canada. This is important to know about if you are looking to get a study permit in Canada. People who study in Canada have the option at the end of their course of study to become a Canadian Permanent Resident which will allow them to live and work in Canada.

  • Citizens from the Countries and regions listed below do not need visas in order to visit Canada:

Andorra

Estonia

Latvia (Republic of)

St. Kitts and Nevis

Antigua and Barbuda

Finland

Lithuania

San Marino

Australia

France

Liechtenstein

Singapore

Austria

Germany

Luxembourg

Slovakia

Bahamas

Greece

Malta

Solomon Islands

Barbados

Hungary

Monaco

Spain

Belgium

Iceland

Netherlands

Sweden

Brunei

Ireland

New Zealand

Slovenia

Croatia

Israel *

Norway

Switzerland

Cyprus

Italy

Papua New Guinea

United States

Denmark

Japan

Poland

Western Samoa

Korea (Republic of)

Portugal

*(National Passport holders only)

  • Citizens of the below territories who can prove their citizenship may enter Canada without a visa.

Anguilla

 Cayman Islands

 Montserrat

Turks Islands

 Bermuda

 Falkland Islands

 Pitcairn

Caicos Islands

 British Virgin Islands

 Gibraltar

 St. Helena

 
  • Permanent residents of the United States who can prove their permanent resident status (either with their green card or other documentation) may enter Canada without a visa.
  • British citizens of all varieties and who are re-admissible to Britain may enter Canada without a visa.
  • People born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong, with an overseas British passport issued by the U.K. may enter Canada without a visa.
  • British subjects with a right of abode and who hold a British passport may enter Canada without a visa.
  • A Special Administrative Region passport from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China may visit Canada without a visa.
  • Passports or travel documents from the Vatican will allow people to visit Canada without a visa.
  • A passport from the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a personal identification number will let you visit Canada without a visa.